Pitchers are continuing to drop like flies and the injuries are wreaking havoc on fantasy baseball rosters around the globe. This week Jose Fernandez and Martin Perez become the latest patients of Tommy John. Remember this season and store it for a reminder as why you never want to reach for pitchers. Here is to hoping your pitching staff is still erect and able to fire live bullets, if not keep reading and you might find some arms below that can help stop the bleeding.
On to the fantasy baseball thoughts from Week 7.
- Jose Abreu hits the DL with ankle tendinitis. Apparently this is an old injury that goes back to his days in Cuba…that doesn’t sound good.
- David Ortiz should play against his former team more often.
- Ian Desmond might have woke up from his off season hibernation this week. Welcome back Ian.
- Yangervis Solarte is the new Martin Prado. Decent production, great position flexibility.
- Christian Yelich has four HRs and 2 SBs in the month of May, if he can get his average back up, he might deserve more attention in mixed leagues.
- George Springer definitely deserves more attention as he has 3 HRs with a .281 AVG so far in May, if you gave up on him, run back and hope he is still there to give you a second chance.
- Josh Donaldson keeps raking.
- Brett Gardner had himself a week. I would have like him more this season had he not signed an extension; that is pretty selfish of him in my opinion.
- Right around the same time I was talking up Colby Rasmus for those crazy Canucks on the Dear Mr. Fantasy podcast, he gets shelved. Juan Francisco on the other hand, appears quite healthy.
- Lately, balls are flying of Yasiel Puig’s bat faster than he drives.
- Jose Fernandez and Martin Perez had their seasons come to an end.
- Andrew Cashner landed on the DL himself with shoulder issues.
- Trevor Bauer received the call for this upcoming week, unfortunately it came at the expense of seeing Danny Salazar. Bauer is worth a flier as his command seems to be coming around based on his early results this season.
- Corey Kluber is only owned in 72% of Yahoo leagues…that’s fantasy neglect right there. If he is available in your league, please add him.
- Tyson Ross has three consecutive starts where he has lasted 7 innings and only allowed on earned. In those 21 innings, Ross has 21 Ks.
- Kyle Lohse, not a sexy name, but the numbers he is putting up this year sure are attractive. Still available in way too many leagues.
- If you need help at pitcher, check out Jorge De La Rosa. His ERA in May is 2.37 with decent K potential. I usually don’t recommend Rockies pitchers, but he is healthy…for now.
- Speaking of Rockies pitchers, Drew Pomeranz used to be one. Now that he is at sea level and in a pitcher’s park, he is worth a look as a replacement level SP.
- Danny Duffy had a perfect game going into the 7th inning. His xFIP is currently at 4.52 so expect some correction in his minute 1.42 ERA.
- Erik Bedard might be worth a look if your staff is limp with injuries.
- Jaime Garcia is back from the infirmary and looked decent on Sunday. Garcia has had decent fantasy value in the past when healthy and especially when he pitches at home. Keep an eye on him, he could be worth adding if he regains his old form.
- Jake Odorizzi looks like he figured something out as he is rocking a 1.80 ERA and a stellar 35.5 K% in May. Small sample size, but again, if you need an arm…kick the tires.
- Speaking of small sample sizes, Phil Hughes is doing pretty well in May as well. A 1.40 ERA seems a little lucky as his May xFIP sits at 3.72. However the guy barely walks anyone, pitches in a forgiving park, and had decent K potential…continue kicking tires.
- The Mets are on their 18th closer of the year so far…maybe look at Jenrry Mejia or Jeurys Familia if you are incredibly desperate for some save opportunities…
- Tommy Hunter might be out of the closer’s job in Baltimore. Zach Britton took advantage of his save opportunity and could be worth a look for saves.
- Addison Reed might be the next closer to get the boot. The 4.57 ERA doesn’t exactly bode well for his job security.